New Gear: July/August 2014

STRAP AND HOLSTER SYSTEM For active photographers, Cotton Carrier has created the Carry-Lite strap and holster system. Using a patented locking system, the camera hub slides in and securely mounts in the holster, then quickly releases when turned 90°. The removable side holster is made of durable 1680 Denier Polypropylene, fitted with a Lexan (polycarbonate Read more…

STRAP AND HOLSTER SYSTEM For active photographers, Cotton Carrier has created the Carry-Lite strap and holster system. Using a patented locking system, the camera hub slides in and securely mounts in the holster, then quickly releases when turned 90°. The removable side holster is made of durable 1680 Denier Polypropylene, fitted with a Lexan... Read more

New Gear: May/June 2014

ALL-IN-ONE LENS For photographers who want more flexibility with less gear, Tamron has announced the "All-In-One" 16-300mm F/3.5-6.3 Di II VC PZD macro lens, providing an 18.8x zoom ratio for DSLRs with an APS-C-sized sensor. Tamron has adopted a new design approach to make the lens particularly compact, using UXR glass, a 5-lens-group zoom design Read more…

ALL-IN-ONE LENS For photographers who want more flexibility with less gear, Tamron has announced the "All-In-One" 16-300mm F/3.5-6.3 Di II VC PZD macro lens, providing an 18.8x zoom ratio for DSLRs with an APS-C-sized sensor. Tamron has adopted a new design approach to make the lens particularly compact, using UXR glass, a 5-lens-group... Read more

The Do-It-All Lens

All-in-one zooms that can cover wide-angles to telephoto

Canon EF 24-105mm ƒ/4L IS USM Over time, many pros build up an impressive arsenal of lenses for specialized use, but if you’re just starting out, superzooms are a great way to save on cost while still being able to cover most subjects. Digital lens design has mitigated the difference in image quality between zooms and prime lenses for the... Read more

High-Power Monolights

For versatility in and out of the studio, these high-output strobes are ideal

When it comes time to invest in in serious strobe lighting, many photographers opt for the versatility of monolights. Whereas pack-based systems typically provide greater output (measured in watt seconds, or ws, equivalent to joules), monolights are modular, self-contained and less expensive—making them the ideal entrée into the studio strobe lighting... Read more

Pop-Up Studio

Build a kit of essential gear for shooting on location

What does it take to get pro results practically anywhere? This on-location shooting guide covers all the bases for shooting outdoors, at events or in your subject’s home or office. Much of this gear also is useful for creating an instant studio at home. Harbor Digital Design’s Ultimate Light Box Kit transforms your flash to create a soft,... Read more

New Gear: March/April 2014

COMPACT CONTINUOUS LIGHT If you’re taking advantage of HD video capabilities on Nikon 1 and COOLPIX cameras, the compact, even, continuous-light performance of the LD-1000 LED Movie Light accessory may peak your interest. With a built-in diffusion panel, the light provides consistent soft lighting, designed for supplementary video lighting while also being suitable for still Read more…

COMPACT CONTINUOUS LIGHT If you’re taking advantage of HD video capabilities on Nikon 1 and COOLPIX cameras, the compact, even, continuous-light performance of the LD-1000 LED Movie Light accessory may peak your interest. With a built-in diffusion panel, the light provides consistent soft lighting, designed for supplementary video lighting... Read more

New Gear: January/February 2014

SUPERZOOM CAMERA The 20.2-megapixel Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX10 with 24-200mm ƒ/2.8 Carl Zeiss Vario Sonnar T* high-zoom lens provides incredible versatility in an all-in-one design, perfect for lightweight travel. Combining the large Exmor R CMOS sensor from the RX100 II and the new BIONZ X processor found in the high-end Alpha a7 and a7R, the RX10 Read more…

SUPERZOOM CAMERA The 20.2-megapixel Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX10 with 24-200mm ƒ/2.8 Carl Zeiss Vario Sonnar T* high-zoom lens provides incredible versatility in an all-in-one design, perfect for lightweight travel. Combining the large Exmor R CMOS sensor from the RX100 II and the new BIONZ X processor found in the high-end Alpha a7 and a7R, the... Read more

Power To Go

When I first started my career as a photographer, many of my assignments required weeks in the field.

When I first started my career as a photographer, many of my assignments required weeks in the field. And when I say "field," think remote tropical beaches or high Arctic wilderness in Alaska. Since I was using film cameras, all I needed was a big bag of AA batteries, and I was good for a month without power. Now my long assignments are a... Read more

External Storage

Maintaining multiple copies of your photos is the only sure way to safeguard your image collection. Longtime readers know I lost several hundred photos back when digital imaging was new and I didn’t know any better. (Yes, even brand-new, top-of-the-line computers can suffer a hard drive failure.) Even with the high-grade drives and solid-state models Read more…

Maintaining multiple copies of your photos is the only sure way to safeguard your image collection. Longtime readers know I lost several hundred photos back when digital imaging was new and I didn’t know any better. (Yes, even brand-new, top-of-the-line computers can suffer a hard drive failure.) Even with the high-grade drives and solid-state... Read more

Fine-Art Printers

In a world dominated by digital image files and social-media sharing, the physical photographic print is rarer—and more impressive—than ever. If you’re going to print your work (which you should), pro-caliber inkjet printers are worth the investment. They deliver the best combination of high image quality, efficiency and low per-print price. Two manufacturers especially cater Read more…

In a world dominated by digital image files and social-media sharing, the physical photographic print is rarer—and more impressive—than ever. If you’re going to print your work (which you should), pro-caliber inkjet printers are worth the investment. They deliver the best combination of high image quality, efficiency and low per-print price.... Read more

Accessories

Billingham L2 Bag BAGS, CASES & STRAPS Crafted from Stormblocker dual laminate waterproof canvas with a solid brass clog bolt and harness locking system, the Billingham L2 Bag holds a small SLR with an attached lens, two additional lenses, flash and accessories. The quick-fold top allows for access to your gear while still attached to Read more…

Billingham L2 Bag BAGS, CASES & STRAPS Crafted from Stormblocker dual laminate waterproof canvas with a solid brass clog bolt and harness locking system, the Billingham L2 Bag holds a small SLR with an attached lens, two additional lenses, flash and accessories. The quick-fold top allows for access to your gear while still attached to your shoulder.... Read more

Camera Supports

For tack-sharp images, using the right camera support is the ultimate answer. Whether you need an ultracompact and portable tripod for location shoots, a hi-hat for unique spaces or a studio stand ready to hold and tether your computer, there’s a support solution to match your requirements. Here are some examples from top brands. 3 Read more…

For tack-sharp images, using the right camera support is the ultimate answer. Whether you need an ultracompact and portable tripod for location shoots, a hi-hat for unique spaces or a studio stand ready to hold and tether your computer, there’s a support solution to match your requirements. Here are some examples from top brands. 3 Legged Thing’s... Read more
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